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post #1 of 5 Old 10-24-2013, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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Backroad exploration ride?

Interested in exploring the backroads of the Oregon coastal range?

Looking to get out off the beaten path and see how the JK handles off of paved surfaces... it's not ready for the advanced trails. Just looking for some fun out in the fall colors heading back to a good spot for lunch along the trail before taking a different path back in.

Anyone have thoughts on a good spot to head towards or interest in joining?

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-25-2013, 11:05 PM
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My jeep is currently not up for any kind of speed with some death wobble issues but let me know where you ended up going since I have spent very little time on the coast side and am always looking for good spots to put in my gps
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-09-2013, 12:09 PM
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For the most part these days you better have some real good tires. The kind you can take on gravel roads, You know the main lines through the forest! As what you are going to find mostly is a Locked Gate almost every ware else.
I have been traveling the roads in the coast range since the 1970s and there for a wile actually I actually traveled the new cuts
['roads' right behind the cat that cut them, just days before]. These cuts were primarily, very roughly gouged out of the cut sand stone, rock, mud and slime on the surface with stumps and root piles pushed over the edges and most never went through and never even had a safe place to even turn around, without sliding off into the canyon. Or at least the fear of it hasn't yet been forgotten.
I finished my Jeep a few years back and it was a woods ready rig based on my last thirty plus years of travel in the hills. I have never been so disappointed in my life traveling around the coast range. No matter who has title to the property.
Even The Roads that the tax payers of Oregon paid to build and were guaranteed the right of use, are now gated walking trails only.
You will never miss what you never had, At least I have the memories.
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-10-2013, 09:02 PM
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I hear ya... Things are much different now. There is a multitude of reasons for the gates being locked though. ****** bags dumping garbage, damaging or stealing equipment from logging sites are the main reasons. Second is liability from even bigger ****** bag lawyers suing property owners on the behalf of dumb ***** being drunk and stupid and wrecking their vehicles on timber company property. And even though I enjoyed doing the same thing as you when I was young dumb kid, those logging outfits spent allot of money running a cat and grading those roads. Tearing them up before they can get gravel on them costs them more time and money. They cant get trucks up there to haul logs when they have to spend the time running a cat over the grade again.

It sucks to lose access to those areas but just look at all the mess people leave target shooting. It boggles my mind that people leave crap behind and can't figure out why they are losing places to shoot. Long winded rant from an old fart, but we have to police ourselfs and the areas we enjoy or they will be gone soon to.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-11-2013, 08:56 PM
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97 TJ - I have then and do to this day considered every wheel track I leave behind. I have driven some old summer loggin roads for as much as twenty years and never dug them up or tore them up. I have returned to find wheel tracks over a foot deep in the same places there were none just a week before. Then came the trenches and tank traps. I have even fallen into a place where I drove over it in 2wd for thirty years, and landed on my frame crossing what was once a 6'' puddle in the road, on my way into my favorite fishing area, Now gated off. Much of this damage is deliberate some of it is thoughtlessness and there was a lot of that good old beer winching going on.
So much for the reasons why - The trash dumpers have never stopped from what I have seen. They dump trash in the hills and on the beach by the pickup load even to this day.
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